Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 High School Football Schedule


FOX Sports Radio North Country, 97.9FM/1230AM, will broadcast 10 regular season games this fall, covering nearly all schools within its broadcast radius in 2017.

The schedule kicks off on Labor Day weekend with a pair of games, starting with the Friday Night Lights match between the Hoosick Falls Panthers and the Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne War Eagles and continuing into Saturday afternoon with the renewal of the Spartan Bowl between Burnt Hills and Queensbury.

In Week 2 we head south of the river for an interclass matchup between Ravena and the South Glens Falls Bulldogs.  Then in Week 3 we head for the first of two trips to Schuylerville this season as the Black Horses host the Hudson Falls Tigers in Class B.

Then a trip across the river to Greenwich for Week 4, as we check out John Irion's new team in Granville as the Golden Horde face the Witches in the Whipple City.

A doubleheader is on tap for Week 5, starting under the lights in Corinth as the Tomahawks face the Mechanicville Red Raiders, and wrapping up under the sunlight on Saturday Afternoon as the Fort Edward/Argyle Flying Forts face the Warrensburg Burghers.

A return trip to Schuylerville is on deck in Week 6 as we catch the defending champions for the first time all season.  The Glens Falls Indians, favorites to repeat again in Section 2, get tested by the Schuylerville Black Horses in what should determine the divisional champion.

Finally, rivalries are on the docket in Week 7 with a pair of games in Washington County.  First, under the portable lights in Granville, the Golden Horde face off against the Whitehall Railroaders in a renewal of their longtime rivalry, and then on Saturday, the annual Jug Game takes place in Hudson Falls as the Tigers host the Glens Falls Indians.

Week 8's broadcasts will be determined at a later time, with playoff games in Classes B and C getting priority.  If no local options exist, games that matter towards playoff seeding in Classes A and D will be scheduled for this week.  Weeks 9 and beyond will depend if local teams are still playing for a title, and will be made the week of the broadcast.

All broadcasts will begin 15 minutes before kickoff with a pregame show featuring coach interviews, previews of the game, and a comprehensive look at what's going on across Section 2.  All games will be heard on both frequencies, 97.9FM and 1230AM.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Buffalo Bills returning for 6th season on WMML

FOX Sports Radio 97.9FM/AM 1230, the Glens Falls region's home for the Dan Patrick Show, Rich Eisen and more, will carry the Buffalo Bills once again in 2017.

All 16 regular season games will air on FOX Sports Radio 97.9FM/AM 1230, in addition to the final preseason game on Thursday, August 31st against the Detroit Lions as we ensure proper reception of the game broadcast prior to the regular season.

With new head coach Sean McDermott and returning stars like Lesean McCoy, the 2017 Buffalo Bills hope to end their playoff drought, sitting at 17 years without making the playoffs.  But making the playoffs will be tough as the Bills face strong teams like the New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons in addition to their AFC East opponents in the Jets, Dolphins and Patriots.  

All broadcasts will begin two hours before kickoff with the Buffalo Bills Pregame Show, hosted by Howard Simon (Mike Schoop and Chris 'The Bulldog' Parker for the Thursday night game) as he and other members of the local Buffalo media analyze the upcoming game, and highlight major stories unfolding in the National Football League.  

Play-by-play broadcaster John Murphy takes over 30 minutes prior to kickoff as he interviews head coach Sean McDermott and break down the keys to the game with his analyst partner Mark Kelso.  

After the game, listen for the Buffalo Bills post-game report for a breakdown of the game, scores from across the National Football League, press conferences from the coach and key players, and reactions from Buffalo Bills fans.

Studio broadcasts will emanate from the WGR-550 studios in Buffalo.

Buffalo Bills 2017 Schedule
Preseason games in red will NOT be carried on WMML
Preseason
8/10     vs. Minnesota Vikings            7:00PM
8/17     at Philadelphia Eagles           7:00PM
8/26     at Baltimore Ravens              7:00PM
8/31     vs. Detroit Lions                   7:00PM

Regular Season
9/10      vs. New York Jets                 1:00PM
9/17      at Carolina Panthers             1:00PM
9/24      vs. Denver Broncos               1:00PM
10/01     at Atlanta Falcons                1:00PM
10/08     at Cincinnati Bengals            1:00PM
10/15     BYE                                                
10/22     vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers    1:00PM
10/29     vs. Oakland Raiders              1:00PM
11/02     at New York Jets (TNF)         8:25PM
11/12     vs. New Orleans Saints          1:00PM
11/19     at Los Angeles Chargers        4:05PM
11/26     at Kansas City Chiefs            1:00PM
12/03     vs. New England Patriots      1:00PM
12/10     vs. Indianapolis Colts           1:00PM
12/17     vs. Miami Dolphins               1:00PM
12/24     at New England Patriots       1:00PM
12/31     at Miami Dolphins                1:00PM
Weeks 5-17 are FLEX weeks, all non Monday/Thursday/Saturday games 
are subject to change from 1PM/4:05PM starts.  Schedule subject to change.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

B Championship: Glens Falls 60, Mekeel Christian Academy 55

In a wild back-and-forth battle of unbeatens, the Glens Falls Indians dug in and came away in the 4th quarter to beat the Mekeel Christian Academy Lions 60-55 in the Class B Sectional Championship at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The game featured plenty of scoring early as the two teams combined for 45 points in the first quarter, capped by Carter Stewart's half court three at the buzzer for the Lions.  Stewart scored 18 points in the first half as Mekeel Christian Academy went to the half up by five points.

Joe Girard III started slow for Glens Falls, scoring 14 points in the first half, but started the second off with a bang, scoring the first couple buckets as the Indians quickly seized the lead away from Mekeel Christian Academy in the third quarter.  Tony Green's coast-to-coast play tied the game at 40-40, but Jordan Jackson's three gave the Lions back the lead with less than two minutes in the third quarter. 

The Lions had opportunities late in the game, like when Joe Girard III was called for the offensive charge with over five minutes left in the fourth quarter.  Mekeel would score a three on the ensuing possession to take a 1 point lead, but Joe Girard III answered back with a three to retake the lead.  Girard would dig in late with 12 points to help pad the Indians lead, and seal the Lions fate. 

He would finish with 34 points, earning him tournament MVP honors.

Tony Green assisted with 10 points, 2 of which coming by fluke as he unintentionally tipped in a rebound off a missed Joe Girard III shot in the third quarter.  Dylan Balcom added 8 for the Indians.

Carter Stewart scored 25 points for the Mekeel Christian Lions,  while Deonte Holder added 15.  Both would earn tournament team honors.

 The Glens Falls Indians next travel to Section 10 for their Regional Semifinal.

D Championship: Argyle 64, Fort Ann 60

 A battle between Adirondack League rivals turned into a battle between top scorers Kobe Lufkin and Tyler Mattison in the Class D Championship at the Glens Falls Civic Center.  But it was the weight of Kobe Lufkin's 3 point shooting that led the Argyle Scots to back-to-back championships, winning the Class D title over the Fort Ann Cardinals 64-60. 

The Cardinals flew to a 10-0 advantage in the 1st quarter before Kobe Lufkin and Jonah Horton combined to draw the Scots closer to Fort Ann, before taking a narrow lead in the 2nd quarter.  The duo teamed up for the majority of Argyle's ten 3 pointers in the 1st half. 

During the half, Section 2 acknowledged Kobe Lufkin's passing of Joel Wincowski for all-time scoring leader in the section, to a standing ovation at the Glens Falls Civic Center. 

The third quarter saw the Cardinals build another lead before the long ball allowed the Scots to regain the narrow advantage, leading 51-50 at the end of the 3rd quarter.  It was an advantage the Scots wouldn't relinquish.

Peyton Lufkin scored a three with 2:35 left in the game that put the Argyle Scots up by 6, but Fort Ann would battle back to within 2.  But that was as close as they would get, as a pair of Argyle foul shots would seal the deal with less than 30 seconds to go.

Kobe Lufkin scored 30 points for the Scots, getting 24 of those 30 points long-range.  Jonah Horton added 15 points before fouling out late in the 4th quarter, and Brodie Flewelling contributed with 11 points.

For Fort Ann, Tyler Mattison ends his high school career with 29 points, including 12 in the 3rd quarter.  Jeremy Johnson added 13 points for the Cardinals.

Argyle moves onto the NYSPHSAA State Tournament, facing the winner of Section 7's Class D title game.  The regional game will be next Saturday, 3PM at Hudson Valley Community College.

Championship Week - The Semis in Review, some thoughts & videos

With Lake George and Stillwater's wins in the Class C Semifinals on Thursday, we close the book on the semifinals and get ready for the championships coming to the Glens Falls Civic Center tonight and tomorrow.

But first, let's take a look back:

The Scores:
Class D Semifinals
Fort Ann 56, St. Johnsville 42 | Recap
Argyle 75, Northville 65 | Recap


Class C Semifinals
Stillwater 57, Maple Hill 43 | Recap
Lake George 69, Granville 55 | Recap

Class B Semifinals
Mekeel Christian Academy 55, Voorheesville 51 | Recap
Glens Falls 77, Ichabod Crane 55 | Recap

Class A Semifinals
Averill Park 51, Scotia 40 | Recap
Lansingburgh 55, Mohonasen 50 | Recap

Class AA Semifinals
Bethlehem 64, LaSalle 58 | Recap
Colonie 72, Schenectady 61 | Recap


Team of the Semis: Averill Park

It's no secret that the Warriors played this season with heavy hearts after former player and alum Ryan Bielawa was killed in South Carolina back in October.  They dedicated the season to him, and kept him in their hearts all season long, taking his #10 wherever they went, including Wednesday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.  Everyone on that team feels Bielawa was responsible for that win over Scotia, and why Averill Park is now 32 minutes away from possibly hoisting their first Class A Championship in 11 years. 

Player of the Semis: Joe Girard III, Glens Falls

Joe Girard III's 28 second half points gave the Indians the comfortable cushion they needed to dispatch of the Ichabod Crane Riders and secure their spot in Friday's Championship against #2 seeded Mekeel Christian Academy.  He may of started cold, but buckets inside, outside and at the line helped propel his Indians to victory.

Game of the Semis: Mohonasen vs. Lansingburgh

The Class A Semifinal between these two teams seemed tight throughout, despite Lansingburgh fronting the Warriors a head start.  It was a game where you never knew who was going to pull through until the very end, and forced both teams to go all out at the end, giving the crowd that came to the Glens Falls Civic Center Wednesday evening a thrill.

Thoughts: 
Comebacks
With a couple exceptions, the team that came out in front at the final buzzer had to make a mid-game comeback in order to get ahead of their opposition as the higher seed.  Lake George was the only team who didn't wear the lighter jersey to advance in the end, but like said in our recap, their win over Granville was less of a surprise than Dave Jones figuring out what his team needed to do to knock off the Golden Horde.

In all these comeback cases, the opposition cooled down.  Whether it was bad turnovers or bad shot selection, or a case where the better team on paper made the necessary adjustments.  Case in point, Glens Falls, who yielded a early lead to Ichabod Crane.  Leading scorer Joe Girard III had an uncharacteristic 14 points at the half before exploding in the 2nd half for 28.  Whatever adjustments the Indians made at the half, it worked.

But all of these teams with cold starts cannot be doing this in their next game.  A slow start could prove to be fatal, especially in the case of Mekeel vs. Glens Falls, which could become a shootout at the Glens Falls Civic Center between two of the best scoring teams in Section 2.

Lufkin's Accomplishment
It surprised me that NO announcement was made about Kobe Lufkin topping Joel Wincowski's scoring mark.  I understand the comments given to Will Springstead by head coach Jack Sherwin about there being a time or a place, and I honestly wouldn't of wanted to see the game be halted for fanfare.  But it would of been nice to note the occasion via the P.A., even if said announcement came after the teams walked off the court at the end of the game.  While Lufkin's time on the top of Section 2's scoring may be limited as it will be no surprise if Joe Girard III crushes the mark in the next two years, it should of been commemorated somehow.

The Civic Center
This was my first year taking in all the games at the Glens Falls Civic Center, instead of just games of local interest.  It was nice for once to be able to see athletes from across Section 2, and see the variety of play that exists across the Section.  It's a shame this court won't see the NYSPHSAA Championships in two weeks, so why not come by this weekend to check out the best Section 2 has to offer.

Pep Bands
Hearing the pep bands Thursday night from Stillwater and Granville added a jolt to the Civic Center.  It makes what is already a great place to watch some basketball even better.   It would be nice if more schools had pep bands, and as Stillwater showed in their four piece outfit, it doesn't have to be big to be enjoyable.

Maybe the Civic Center should ask, since they are the lead-off game for the C Championship on Saturday, if their pep band can perform The Star-Spangled Banner instead of using the pre-recorded organ.

The Videos:
Voorheesville vs. Mekeel Christian Academy - The Tip


Ichabod Crane vs. Glens Falls - First buckets for the two teams


Northville vs. Argyle - Northville's Ridell drains a 3


Northville vs. Argyle - Lufkin's 3 to top Joel Wincowski's scoring record


Scotia vs. Averill Park - Early 3rd Quarter play


Scotia vs. Averill Park - Anthony Germanerio drains a 3


Mohonasen vs. Lansingburgh - Tip and Lansingburgh's first possession


Maple Hill vs. Stillwater - Tip and Maple Hill's first possession


Lake George vs. Granville - Start of the game


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Game 10: Lake George 69, Granville 55

It was a team effort for Lake George as the Warriors knocked off the top-seeded Granville Golden Horde in the Class C Sectional Semifinals in their 69-55 win.


The top-seeded Golden Horde fell behind early, but unlike other top seeds this week, was unable to mount the comeback needed to get past the Warriors as fouls, turnovers and missed shots added up, especially in the third quarter.

While Mason Flatley led the Lake George Warriors with 22 points, two other Warriors had over 10 points.  Alex Jones scored 12, while Caleb Scrime, despite missing part of the third quarter after going down hard chasing a rebound off a missed Granville shot, put up 17 points.

Matthew Fuller led the Golden Horde with 21 points, 9 of which came in the 4th quarter.  Trace Bourne scored 10 points. 

Lake George became the only team to knock off a higher seed in the 10 semifinal games at the Glens Falls Civic Center, though their win should come as little surprise to those who have observed the Adirondack League this season.  It was the second straight win for Lake George over the Granville Golden Horde, who became league rivals this year with their move to the Adirondack League from the Wasaren League.  This was the fourth meeting between these two teams this season, with Granville winning the first two.

Lake George won the two that mattered most, however, first in the Adirondack League playoffs, then now in the Class C Semifinals to end the Golden Horde's season.

The Warriors will take on the Warriors of Stillwater for the Class C Sectional Championship Saturday afternoon, 2PM at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Game 9: Stillwater 57, Maple Hill 43

A big second quarter run lifts the Stillwater Warriors into the Class C Sectional Championship Saturday Afternoon with their 57-43 win over Maple Hill at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The championship will be against the winner of the Granville/Lake George game, 2PM at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday.

The Maple Hill Wildcats had a fast start, jumping to a narrow 10-9 advantage to open the second quarter, and after three points to take a 4 point lead, it was all Stillwater, as they established a 18-0 run to jump out to a 27-16 lead before Maple Hill scored their first bucket in nearly 10 minutes with Nate Mannion's three point bucket. 

Maple Hill did themselves few favors as they continued to turn over the ball and gave up several offensive rebounds to the Warriors.  Those woes would continue into the second half as the shooters for Maple Hill would get cold.

When the ball started going into the bucket for Maple Hill, it was little too late, as every time the Wildcats tried to narrow the advantage, the Warriors dug in and built upon their double-digit lead.  

Garrett Axtmann was a non-factor in the game offensively, only scoring 1 point for the 2nd best scorer on the Maple Hill squad.  Austin Decker led the Wildcats with 16 points, while Nate Mannion, the team's #3 scorer, added 15 points. 

Jared D'Aloia led the Stillwater Warriors with 22 points, and Ezra Echeandia and Zack Travis both scored 12 points a piece for the #2 seed in the Class C bracket.

Championship Week - The tournament so far, and Day #4 Preview:

We're halfway through Championship Week.

Four of this weekend's Championships are set, with the fifth being decided tonight.  Most of the games have been close, but the ones that didn't end close had a case where the other team had a chance for a good portion of the game.

First, the results from the first 8 games:

Class D Semifinals
Fort Ann 56, St. Johnsville 42 | Recap
Argyle 75, Northville 65 | Recap

Class B Semifinals
Mekeel Christian Academy 55, Voorheesville 51 | Recap
Glens Falls 77, Ichabod Crane 55 | Recap

Class A Semifinals
Averill Park 51, Scotia 40 | Recap
Lansingburgh 55, Mohonasen 50 | Recap

Class AA Semifinals
Bethlehem 64, LaSalle 58 | Recap
Colonie 72, Schenectady 61 | Recap

That makes the championships as follows:
(all games at the Glens Falls Civic Center)
Class D Championship - Fort Ann vs. Argyle - Friday, 6PM
Class B Championship - Glens Falls vs. Mekeel Christian Academy - Friday, 7:45PM
Class A Championship - Lansingburgh vs. Averill Park - Saturday, 4PM
Class AA Championship - Colonie vs. Bethlehem - Saturday, 8PM

The Class C Championship is Saturday, 2PM.  The two opponents for that game will be decided tonight as Maple Hill, the Cinderella story of the Class C tournament play the #2 seeded Stillwater Warriors in the early game.  The nightcap features an Adirondack League rematch as the newest team in the league, the top-seeded Granville Golden Horde, take on the Lake George Warriors.

Maple Hill Wildcats vs. Stillwater Warriors - 6PM
Maple Hill: March Madness is about being hot at the right time.  A cold December and January doesn't matter when your team's hot in February and March.  And that summarizes the story with the Wildcats, who come to the Glens Falls Civic Center as the highest seeded team of any of the 20 teams that come this week.  At #14, the Wildcats were at home in their outbracket game against Greenwich, but had to go on the road to face a Greenville squad they lost to twice earlier in the season.  Then a neutral-site game against a battle-tested Mechanicville set them up for tonight.

On paper, the thought would be to contain the team's leading scorer, Austin Decker.  But in two of the three tournament games, Decker has scored below his average, scoring 7 points against Greenwich and 11 in the quarterfinals against Mechanicville.  Nate Minnion scored a season-high 17 points instead against Greenwich, and team's second-leading scorer Garrett Axtmann contributed against Mechanicville.

The defense will get a test against Stillwater that they haven't seen in the first three tournament games.  Allowing an average of 48 points in the tournament, the Wildcats have not needed an offensive explosion to be successful.

Stillwater: Jared D'Aloia is going to be the player to watch for the team from the Wasaren League.  The tournament's #2 seed comes to Glens Falls off a 65-50 win over Duanesburg where D'Aloi scored 22 points.  But containing him will be tough, and focusing on him will lead to trouble if secondary scorer Zack Travis is left alone.  He scored 16 against Duanesburg, and has compiled 8 games where the senior has scored 20 or more points.

The Warriors last loss, to Hoosic Valley, was a game where Stillwater entered the 4th quarter with the lead before the Indians outscored the Warriors 24-8.  Even in that game, D'Aloia and Travis produced to their averages, which will make them tough threats to watch out on the court.

Stillwater cannot look at Maple Hill's record and seeding.  Nor can they let the bigger atmosphere of playing at the Glens Falls Civic Center affect their style of play.  Already this week we've seen the higher-seeded teams have soft starts, only to explode in the 3rd and 4th quarters.  And if Stillwater wants to have a decent shot at winning the sectional title on Saturday, they may need to play a full four quarter game.

Lake George Warriors vs. Granville Golden Horde - 7:30PM
Lake George: The Lake George Warriors won the latest chapter against the new team in the Adirondack League before falling to Fort Ann in the league championship.  A quick look at the Warriors show no player with 20 points per game, but there's a good reason for it.

They have three threats on the court who can score.  Caleb Scrime has 9 games with 20 or more points this season, including a 20 point effort in the 1st round of the Class C playoffs against Cambridge.  Against Schoharie, he scored 15 points, but it was a team effort as teammate and 3rd scorer on the team, Mason Flatley scored 16 points in the win.  Flatley has three 20 point games this season, the latest being a 21 point game against Hadley-Luzurne last month.  The two are joined by Alex Jones, who himself has three 20 point games this season as well.

Containing one top scorer can be easy.  But three will be a difficult case for opponents to solve.

Granville: If Granville has something going from them from the start, it's that they have defeated the Warriors twice already this season.  And the Golden Horde have the best offense in Class C, and the 7th overall in Section 2.

Matthew Fuller is a big reason why.  Just under 20 points per game, the team's leading scorer and 3 point shooter has helped fuel the Golden Horde all season.  But Lake George is his Kyrptonite, being held to only 29 points in three meetings this year.  The senior will need to figure out how to overcome the Lake George defense tonight.

Fuller isn't the only player responsible for Granville having the 7th best offense in Section 2.  There's three other players who average above 10 points per game.  Trace Bourne and Morgan Williams are threats behind the arch, and Matthew Parker has a deadly inside game.  It will require a team-wide defense to slow the Golden Horde down, but it is something Lake George has shown they are capable of.

It should be a fun 4th match between these two teams, especially since there's more on the line here than there has been in their first three meetings.  A trip to the Sectional Championship.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Game 8: Lansingburgh 55, Mohonasen 50

It was a tough beginning for the Lansingburgh Knights, but with a team effort, the Knights came back to knock off the Mohonasen Warriors 55-50 in the Class A Semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The Knights were unable to buy a bucket early, scoring their lone two points off free throws in the first quarter.  But the rim started to be kinder to the Knights.  But the second half completed the Knights comeback, fueled by contributions by Justin Van Ness and Jahidi Wallace. 

The top-seeded team in Class A finally obtained their first lead of the fourth quarter, resulting in a wild back-and-forth game with the Warriors until Justin Van Ness's two free throws with 1:39 left gave the Knights a four point lead.  The Warriors were unable to make the shots they needed to down the road, and after several free throws by the Knights, Lansingburgh secured the victory to move onto Saturday's championship against Averill Park.

Justin Van Ness finished with 17 points, 8 of which came in the 4th quarter after returning from an apparent nosebleed that forced him out in the 3rd quarter.  Jahidi Wallace added 14 points. 

For Mohonasen, a sharp beginning turned cold as the game progressed.  Dylan Tallman, Mohonasen's top scorer in the first half, was held to only 4 points as the sophomore guard finished with 22 points.  Jalani Abdul-Aziz helped out with 9 points in the 3rd quarter to give him 17 for the game.

Game 7: Averill Park 51, Scotia 40

In an emotional game for the Averill Park, the Warriors mounted a massive run in the final quarter as they beat the Scotia Tartans 51-40 Wednesday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center to advance to the Sectional Championship.

They will play Lansingburgh Saturday afternoon, 4PM, at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The Tartans went to the locker room ahead by 1 after a traditional three point play was scored at the buzzer, and remained close until the Averil Park run in the 4th that put them up as many as 17 points.  The Tartans tried clawing back, getting the lead back within single digits, but then Noah Yearsley and Anthony Germanerio dug in and scored to put the Tartans at bay.

After the game, Averill Park coach Dave Pugliese told the Troy Record the win was attributed to fallen alum, Ryan Bielawa, who was killed in South Carolina back in October.  The team dedicated the season in his memory, and have worn Bielawa's number 10 on the back of their warm-up shirts all season long.

With one more win, Averill Park will win their first Sectional Championship in 11 years.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Game 4: Argyle 75, Northville 65

GLENS FALLS - Kobe Lufkin now stands on top of Section 2's all-time scoring leaderboard after his 30+ point effort leads the Argyle Scots in their 75-65 win over the Northville Falcons Tuesday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The scoring mark, once held by Lake George's Joel Wincowski, was surpassed without fanfare in the fourth quarter, as Lufkin unloaded a deep three to add to the Scots lead.  Lufkin finished with 34 points, 24 of which came in the 2nd half.

Northville's Reidell brothers, Nate and Danny, scored early and often, as the Falcons jumped out to a 12-2 early lead.  Scoring 21 of Northville's 31 first-half points, the Reidell brothers had all four of Northville's 1st half three pointers.  Michael Kalkbrenner contributed with 10 points for the Falcons.

Scoring became hard for the Falcons in the 2nd half, with all but four of their 3rd quarter points coming from the free throw line.  Many of their field goals in the 4th quarter came after Argyle had built a solid lead.

An Adirondack League rematch is next for the Argyle Scots, as they will play the Fort Ann Cardinals in the Class D Championship on Friday night, 6PM at the Glens Falls Civic Center.   The Cardinals are 2-0 against the Scots this year, winning the regular season match 88-58, then winning the Adirondack League playoff semifinals match 61-59 on Valentine's Day.

Championship Week - Day #2

Welcome to Championship Week - Day #2.

Tonight, the second Class D semifinal and the two Class AA semifinals are played here at the Glens Falls Civic Center.  We would of provided a preview of the games, but we, like much of the east coast, were impacted by the rough internet.

So, here's the schedule:

Class D Semifinal:
Argyle vs. Northville - 5:00pm

Class AA Semifinals:
LaSalle vs. Bethlehem - 6:30pm
Schenectady vs. Colonie - 8:00pm

All games at the Glens Falls Civic Center

Monday, February 27, 2017

Game 3: Glens Falls 77, Ichabod Crane 55

The Glens Falls Indians pulled away in the second half on the offensive strength of Joe Girard III, advancing to Friday's Sectional Championship game with their 77-55 win over the Ichabod Crane Riders on Monday night. 

The Riders started off warm, getting 10 points from Peter Volkmann in the first quarter to build a 19-16 lead.  They were able to build on their lead, getting the Indians into foul trouble early in the 2nd Quarter, to extend their lead to 8 halfway through the quarter.

The Indians went to the locker room down by three, getting a late 3-pointer from Joe Girard III to tighten the gap.

But the second half was all Glens Falls.  Joe Girard III tied the game on the first possession of the third quarter, scoring from deep.  A Greyson Brady dunk gave Glens Falls the lead, and Girard III added to the lead with another 3 to complete a 7-0 run.

Girard bucketed 17 points for the Indians in the 3rd quarter, outscoring the Riders 11 points in that frame.  the Indians would pull further away in the 4th quarter to punch their ticket in Friday's Class B Championship game against Mekeel Christian Academy.  

Joe Girard III scored 28 of his 42 points in the 2nd half, getting help from Tony Green's 17 points.  Peter Volkmann led the Riders with 21 points in the losing effort.

Game 2: Mekeel Christian Academy 55, Voorheesville 51

Deonte Holder scored 22 points as the Mekeel Christian Academy Lions narrowly escaped the clutches of the Voorheesville Blackbirds, getting a key three pointer from Holder late to pull away to the 55-51 win in the Class B Sectional Semifinal Monday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The first half was a series of runs for both teams, as Voorheesville scored the first four points of the game, only to see Mekeel Christian Academy answer back with a 9-0 run before Sean Nolan broke it up with a 3 pointer.  In the second quarter, Voorheesville had a 4 point lead before Carter Stewart was fouled on a three point shot on the baseline.  Stewart would make all three, to pull the Lions to within one.

His next trip to the charity stripe would give the Lions a brief lead, but not before Sean Nolan took over for the Blackbirds to return the advantage in their favor at the half.

The game remained close through the third and fourth quarters, ultimately coming down to Deonte Holder's 3 pointer with 1:09 left to build the Lions lead to 6.  Despite a full-court pressure that led to a turnover to draw the Blackbirds within 2, Voorheesville was unable to catch back up, giving the Lions the berth in Friday night's Class B Championship.

In addition to Holder's 22 points, Carter Stewart contributed 16 points in the effort, and Jordon Jackson scored 11 points for the Lions. 

Sean Nolan led the Blackbirds with 18 points, but was left scoreless in the 4th quarter.  Ryan Daly scored 11 points and Matt Bernhard added 10 in the losing effort.

The Lions now play in Friday night's Class B Championship against the winner of the Ichabod Crane/Glens Falls game, to be played at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Game 1: Fort Ann 56, St. Johnsville 42

The Cardinals had scares in the 3rd and 4th quarters, but finally pulled away in the final 3 minutes to secure a spot in Friday night's Class D Sectional Championship with a 56-42 win over the Wolfpack of Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The Cardinals saw even scoring from Tyler Mattison, Luke Loso and Jeremy Johnson, as the trio combined for 45 of the Cardinals 56 points.  Loso scored 12 of his 14 points from behind the arch.

The Wolfpack closed the gap to be within 5 points during the 3rd Quarter, and to within 8 points in the 4th Quarter with over 4 minutes to play, but the Cardinals took firm control thanks to a couple of key Wolfpack turnovers, including a lane violation during a second free throw that gave the Cardinals back the ball. 

AJ Hayes scored 18 points and Devyn Jones added 15 points in the losing effort for the Wolfpack.

Fort Ann advances to face the winner of Tuesday night's Northville/Argyle semfinal, which will be played at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Friday, March 3rd at 6PM. 

Championship Week - Day #1 Preview

Monday's Games:
Class D Semifinal:
Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville vs. Fort Ann - 5:00PM

Class B Semifinals:
Voorheesville vs. Mekeel Christian Academy - 6:30PM
Ichabod Crane vs. Glens Falls - 8:00pm

All games at the Glens Falls Civic Center

Class D Semis: Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville Wolfpack vs. Fort Ann Cardinals
Monday, February 27th, 2017 - 5:00PM at Glens Falls Civic Center

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville: AJ Hayes and Devyn Jones has been the 1-2 punch for the Wolfpack in 2016-17, scoring 46 points in their 69-58 win over the Whitehall Railroaders in the Quarterfinals in Stillwater.  Tyler Leon scored 15 points in the effort.  Jones can be shut down, as was the case in the Wolfpack's latest two loses to Schoharie and Mayfield when he was held to under 10 points.  OESJ's path to the Civic Center has run through the Adirondack League, beating Salem and Whitehall, but will need to shut down the league's top Class D team if they're going to make it to the championship.

Fort Ann: The Cardinals's lone blemish on their record comes at the hand of the Granville Golden Horde, the #1 seed in Class C.  The Adirondack League champions are backed by the offensive magic of Tyler Mattison and Jeremy Johnson, but those two cannot be the only guys contained.  Garret Bailey, the team's #3 scorer, has a presence behind the arch, scoring 40% of his seasonal output from there.  He tied Tyler Mattison for top scorer in the Cardinals semifinal win over Fort Edward, scoring 15 of his 22 points behind the arch.

PREDICTION: The Fort Ann defense will contain Devyn Jones.  Hayes will still put up 25 points, but behind the work of Mattison, Bailey and Johnson, the Cardinals will advance to play in the championship game.  Fort Ann 71, OESJ 58

Class B Semis: Voorheesville Blackbirds vs. Mekeel Christian Academy Lions
Monday, February 27th, 2017 - 6:30PM at Glens Falls Civic Center

Voorheesville: Both Sean Nolan and Matt Bernhard have worked hard to put the Blackbirds where they are -- one step closer to a Class B Title.  Teams don't want to foul Bernhard.  He's 91% from the free throw line, and Nolan's 74% is still pretty deadly.  But it was P.J. Parker who led the way in the Blackbirds overtime win over Broadalbin-Perth at Shenendehowa in the Quarterfinals, scoring 21 points.  The Blackbirds can be very defensive, holding three opponents to under 40 points this season.

Mekeel Christian Academy: A perennial power, the Lions are a force to be reckoned with, scoring 90 or more points three times this season, and even topping over the century mark in a lopsided 107-55 win over Bishop Gibbons earlier this month.  And while some of this can be at the hands of them playing in the Western Athletic Conference, you cannot overlook some of their non-conference games.  A win over Class A Amsterdam, who won the Foothills Council South Division before losing the Glens Falls in the championship, and a win over Class AA's Green Tech, who narrowly pulled off the upset over top seeded Colonie on Saturday, shows the Lions have some talent.  Four players over 10 points per game, led by over 20 points per game scorer Deonte Holder, will cause fits for even the better defenses in Section 2.

PREDICTION: Mekeel Christian Academy's offense may be too strong for the Blackbirds to handle.  Given the caliber of opponents the Lions have faced outside of the WAC, the Lions have been tested well this season and have earned their 20-0 record.  Mekeel Christian Academy 88, Voorheesville 46

Class B Semis: Ichabod Crane Riders vs. Glens Falls Indians
Monday, February 27th, 2017 - 8:00PM at Glens Falls Civic Center

Ichabod Crane: Peter Volkmann scored nearly half of the Riders 60 points, bucketing 29 points in the Riders 60-53 win over Hudson in the Quarterfinals.  But he's not the primary focus.  He's joined by Joe Werner, whose inside play has been causing teams issue all season long at over 15 points per game.  Austin Valliere is a complimentary scorer, at over 10 points per game.  The Riders already have one win over a Foothills Council opponent, beating Schuylerville in the first round last Tuesday.

Glens Falls: Tony Green has nearly 15 points per game, and for most cases, teams would be worried already.  But you throw Section 2's leading scorer, and a serious threat for Joel Wincowski's all-time Section 2 mark in the name of Joe Girard III, and you have a recipe for trouble.  Girard has nearly 800 points this season, almost 200 from the charity stripe, and over 300 coming from behind the arch.  Inside, outside, all around, Joe Girard III can be trouble for opposing defenses.

PREDICTION: Good players are going to score no matter whose hand is in their face.  That's the case with Joe Girard III.  You just have to hope you have an offensive threat who can go toe-to-toe with him.  Unfortunately, Ichabod Crane doesn't have such a player who can score no matter what the opposition brings.  Glens Falls 83, Ichabod Crane 61

Friday, February 24, 2017

Championship Week @ Glens Falls

We've been very quiet over the past four months since our last High School Football broadcast, but next week, we're going to be back covering high school sports here in the North Country.

All next week, we're going to be at the Glens Falls Civic Center as Championship Week comes loaded with 15 exciting High School Basketball games.  Unfortunately, there will be no on-air broadcast, but we will be there covering all 15 games here on our newly rebranded blog as well as on our Twitter (@FOXSports979).

It's going to be a busy week.  Might need a sanity break come 9:30PM Saturday night when the Class AA trophy is handed out.  But we're committed to reestablishing ourselves as the North Country's Sports Leader.

So be sure to follow the blog and follow us on Twitter for the most complete coverage of Championship Week next week at the Glens Falls Civic Center.